What is White Elephant?

White Elephant is a gift exchange game that is very similar in style to Yankee Swap, although the emphasis is to ‘steal’ gifts rather than swap them.

The game derives its name from the term white elephant as defined by something of dubious or limited value or an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others. Thus, in its basic form the game calls for people to bring “gag” gifts or gifts they received that they have no use for.

In a White Elephant gift exchange, each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area. Guests are given numbers as they arrive, or their names are randomly drawn, and they select gifts in that order – with a twist. SecretSanta.com makes this process easier and much more fun – to find out how, click here